Motion and Action

This article here has some really good points well worth a read
This to me is the key point in the article
” we do it because motion allows us to feel like we’re making progress without running the risk of failure. “
Too much of life today is about security and safety and we end up scared of change closing ourselves off to opportunity and real success.
In my opinion the most prolific example of the rationalisation of motion is clearly in exams and their business equivalent kpi’s. To me an exam or kpi say nothing about the real performance of a person but still are used as measures of someone’s success. To me exams and kpi’s just show that you do what you are told!
There are many reasons, or as I like to call them excuses, for motion but in all cases where I have achieved my greatest performance was where I put the responsibility on myself and took action. I then either profit from success or am punished for failure.

Cloud and Big Data

Cloud and Big Data are the buzz words of the year at the moment but what do they actually mean.


Simply put cloud is just externalising cost. That is, getting an off the shelf or online solution that meets the need of the business and encouraging the provider to add more features that they need. This intends to replace consulting and internal custom development which is very high risk.

Big Data is just fancy reporting. This is always a requirement but has been rebranded for this year due to the continued advancement of database servers and the hardware that can run larger sets of information and more complicated rules.

With the innovation in information technology making building and using technology exponentially easier these are solutions well worth getting for any business.

This in turn changes the employment landscape for the IT industry people losing jobs but new jobs being created in a more effective area to meet the new dynamics of providing those solutions. Thankfully the people in IT are flexible enough to change with these and run with these evolving concepts. For example consulting companies changing to becoming online service providers and less consulting.



Remote Management Console for Server 2012 Part 2

Okay, I got the Remote Management Console to work but I turned off the servers firewall which isn’t a great idea in production but for development and learning will do for now until I get a better solution. I turned off the firewall by using the following command netsh firewall set opmode mode=disable . I did get a message that this command is deprecated however but it still works.

Next step was to set the authentication details for the server so I could actually administer it. Now it works, sort of.

I’ll look into setting up AD on the 2012 server and connecting the win 8 machine to the domain and seeing if that makes administration easier.

Some other blogs to look into:

Remote Management Console for Server 2012

Running in core mode means that on the server all the typical UI management that I use to do has all gone and is left to cmd operations. I personally don’t want to remember specific commands and rather would like a point and click way to do things.

I’ve installed the remote server administration tools on my windows 8 dev machine

Just as an aside, why windows doesn’t automatically enable num lock I’ll never know? I guess it helps with laptops but for us PC users I wish there was a way to work out the difference.

Back on topic the interface on windows 8 is quite nice. Very simple and experience is quite painless until I try to connect to the remote server in the server manager.

I followed the steps but I got no objects found with property displaygroup equal to “remote administration” when trying to follow the steps for “To configure Windows Firewall to allow MMC snap-in(s) to connect.”

Will look into how to fix this and post the steps.

Installing Windows Server 2012

Just installing with core and then utilising tools to manage the server. As always with the development builds I do I’m building on my pc which is a windows 7 x64; 24GB; i7 930 that has 3 striped hard disks raid 5 using VMWare workstation 9. Very smooth and easy to use and snapshots are very handy when trying different things.

First I have to say how much smoother Windows installations feel. Not hunting for drivers and basic default settings that seem to not add too much and get the basics in there fast.

Something to learn is the difference between core and GUI management. This will be vital knowledge for the not so distant future.

Managing a Windows 2012 server with Core installation (Requires Windows 8)

Some Tips:

  1. Take a snapshot before you select the type of installation. This gives you the      option once installed to create a clone from that point.
  2. In Development sometimes its better to be able to administer test servers not in the same domain. This command is a great way to do this cmdkey /add:<ServerName> /user:<UserName> /pass:<password>  To be prompted for a password, omit the /pass option. (Detail in the technet link above)

Windows App Store Registration

Setting up my app store for So the price is $55 and I have to do a verfication through my credit card for initial setup. Shame there is no paypal integration. Location of windows 8 app store

Submitting apps –

Getting started in development:

Set a developer license Powershell as administrator. Run command Show-WindowsDeveloperLicenseRegistration. Login with mcp account and license is granted.

Activating Windows 8

When trying to activate the version of Windows 8 that I had it told me that it couldn’t at this time. So searching around I found this post that gave clear instructions on how to fix it.

Some more tips I learned from this:

  1. To get to the command prompt and run as administrator you have to go to all apps (in the charms/apps section right click on the open space and click all apps) and then find it and right click getting the menu at the bottom to allow you to run as
  2. To uninstall the current license run this command “slmgr -upk”
  3. Go back to the activate settings screen and put in the new licence key
  4. Win+d takes you to the desktop